Spring has sprung with its beautiful rise of green grass, colorful flowers, warmer days, and, of course, new, intriguing craft brews to help enhance the new season.
This spring brings creative minds hard at work at the brew kettles with an array of different hops, malts, and adjuncts being meshed together to form the ultimate brews. Here are five new brews to try as you lounge in a meadow of tulips, watch the kids play in the backyard, or enjoy the first signs of grilling weather with friends.
This hopped-up pale ale is a reddish hue with aromas of earthy pine, orange peel, and pepper. Each sip is a delightful blend of citrus and resin with hints of cherry and black pepper that finishes off dry with a slight juiciness that lingers. It’s all complemented by a nice hop bite that will make your palate thirsty for more.
Shiner has been known to impress, and indeed it has with its all-new Rosé Pale Ale. This brew is not your everyday pale ale, as it was fermented with grape must and aged in Kiepersol Vineyard’s wine barrels. Whiffs of grape skins and a bouquet of roses initially hit the nose, followed by hints of floral hops and oak notes. Flavors of juicy grapes, strawberries, and citrus flood the palate with a slightly smoky character and a hint of herbs. It finishes dry with a bit of slick grape residue left behind and a touch of hop bitterness.
This is a can of peachy goodness with loads of the fruit appearing in each sniff, along with hints of red cherries, hibiscus, and toast. Flavors of freshly picked, juicy peaches come on strong, followed by cherry notes, hints of hibiscus, and whole grain cereal with a touch of sweetness. A tart and tangy finish leaves you craving another sip.
In a world of hazy beers, Mind Haze stands out with a tropical juiciness that makes you feel like you’re drinking in paradise. Lemon, peach, and hints of floral hop aromas open to tropical flavors with a Juicy Fruit chewing gum characteristic that takes you back to the early ‘90s. Notes of peppery spice and citrus follow, and the brew finishes juicy and refreshing with a decent hop bitterness.
This sour is full of purple power with a blast of blackberry goodness and hints of lemon peel and floral aromas. The initial sip reveals flavors of juicy blackberries with some lime and a nice, subtle sweetness that brings about balance with a smooth, tart finish. This sour wheat is only available until it’s gone, so grab a keg or some cans while you can.